weekly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of Michigan Technological
University. Written and distributed by Dean
Woodbeck '78, Senior Director of University Communications.
8, 2004 (Vol. 11, No. 26)
In this issue:
Updates/Welcome to new subscribers
Services for Alumni
We had just
a wee dusting of snow overnight but nothing that will stay very long.
It is time for snow. This in-between time of year offers up cold rain,
cold winds and overcast days. I say, let's just drop the temp a few degrees
and have snow, cold winds and overcast days. At least you can go out and
play in the snow.
And that is just
what the football Huskies might do when they host an NCAA Division II
playoff game on November 20. If I were head coach Bernie Anderson, I'd
have the facilities plows standing by. Too bad the foe will be either
North Dakota or St. Cloud. They are too used to the cold for Tech to have
any home-field advantage in that department.
I read yesterday
that this in-between season is the peak time for people to clean garages
and basements and try to reduce the clutter. That is certainly true around
here, but mainly because a homeowner must reprioritize--the winter implements
of destruction must be near the garage door, while the summer implements
of destruction are relegated to the back corner. Goodbye lawnmower and
We conducted that
exchange yesterday, pulling everything out of the garage onto the driveway,
filling up trash bags, sweeping the floor, then restocking for winter
mode. Jay and I even tore out a shelf to make room for the table saw moving
up from the basement.
My wife doesn't know
it yet, but that means the garage will soon need some heat source, since
you can't expect a guy to perform precision cuts wearing mittens in the
cold. And think about how much happier the Husqvarna snowblower (yep,
Old Husqi) would be if it could thaw each night. I have a nice spot in
one corner where a wood stove would fit right in.
BOARD: Remember the alumni bulletin board for you to use for discussions
related to this newsletter, Tech sports, or anything else:
At Da Tech
TECH SECOND IN
HEAVY/CIVIL BID COMPETITION: Michigan Tech placed second in the ASC
Great Lakes Region III Heavy/Civil Division bid competition held in Downers
Grove, Ill. Six teams six students each spent 16 hours estimating the
cost to build a project. This year's project was an airport reconstruction
in Southern California. The competition simulates the real world pressures
of analyzing a project, identifying the risks and then realistically pricing
MATH PROF SEARCHES
FOR DISEASE-CAUSING GENES: Associate Professor Huann-Sheng Chen (Mathematical
Sciences) has received a $142,000 grant from the National Institute on
Aging to help search for disease-causing genes. Chen aims to develop a
statistical model that will take a major factor in disease, its age of
onset, into account. More:
TECH HOSTS LEGO
REGIONAL SATURDAY: Elementary and middle school teams from all over
the western and central U.P. will converge on the Michigan Tech campus
November 13 for the FIRST LEGO League regional competition. All teams
have the same challenge and will use the LEGO Mindstorms robotic invention
system to program a robot capable of completing the challenge's various
missions. Each team also does a research project on how robot technology
can help people with disabilities. More:
FOURWHEELERS CLEAN UP: The Michigan Tech Fourwheelers Club held
their annual clean-up day last week, removing at least 50 tires and 20
major appliances from a snowmobile trail north of Laurium. The club filled
two dump trucks and two pick-up trucks with debris. The clean-up is an
annual service of the club.
GRANT: The Michigan Tech Enterprise SmartZone will receive a $450,000
grant, funded through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to
support start-up businesses in the area. The grant will assist entrepreneurs
in three industries: homeland security, advanced automotive, and life
FOR MORE INFORMATION
from Tech, see the weekly newsletter Tech Topics: http://www.mtu.edu/news/ttopics/
FOR SALE: Marilyn Pierce has a Lake Superior lot with cottage for
sale in the Betsy area of the Keweenaw. Call 906-482-7154 or 906-296-0962.
WOLF FOUND IN LOWER
PENINSULA: For the first time since gray wolves were classified as
endangered, a member of their tribe has been found in the northern lower
peninsula. The wolf was found in Presque Isle County in northeastern lower
Michigan. The gray wolf population exceeds the standards set out for recovery,
with more than 3,000 in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, including about
360 in Michigan. Those numbers don't take into account the wolf population
at Isle Royale, which jumped to 29 in the most recent survey.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Dannette
Utecht '94 (deandani(at)aol.com)
I wish I could be
there (Bash at the Big House)! While
I was moaning this morning as I dropped my first
grader off at school that I would miss this game
because of a Tiger Cub Go-See-It unfortunately
scheduled at the SAME TIME, I was pleasantly surprised
to find out that his school secretary (and family)
and the Kindergarten teacher (and extended family on a
chartered bus!) will all be going to the game.
Neither of them attended Tech, but they heard about
the game and wanted to take their kids! What great PR!
They were also complaining
about the behavior of the
students/attendees at the UofM/MSU game last week. I
told them that I hoped the tech students would prove
to be better mannered. The principal's daughter had
her car smashed by the opposing team's "fans".
My thoughts will
be with you all Saturday -- as I
freeze in the rain being a good parent and trailing
along with Tiger Cubs on an nature hike:)
E-mail from John
(Sarge) Helge '75 (jhelge(at)nalco.com)
If we get half of
the people who responded to your
Game 7 gaffe in the stands this coming Saturday in Ann
Arbor we will be sure to set the new NCAA Division II
attendance record! It must be SO gratifying to see so
many people reading your weekly newsletter and caring
enough to point out your opportunities for
It is my sincere
hope that by the time this is posted
in next week's Tech Alum newsletter that the 2004 Michigan Tech
football team will be the first in history to post an
undefeated 10-win record! I had the privilege of
being a part of the 1974 Team that went 9-0 and posted
the last undefeated record for Michigan Tech. 30 years later
many members of that team are now leaders in their
communities as doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and
business executives. All of us from 1974 take great
joy seeing these young men carve out another 9-win
season! The 2004 team has done it while playing in
the toughest Division II football conference in the
USA. The 2004 team has risen the adversity of losing
their funding from the university just 18 months ago.
The 2004 team, like that 1974 team, is made up of
STUDENT-athletes who face the same academic challenges
of most Michigan Tech students.
All Michigan Tech alumni should
be proud of the football program
at Tech. No young man ventures to Houghton just to
play football. They come for the practical education
and a chance to start a career. Coach Bernie Anderson
has given the best part of his life to this University
during his 20-year tenure. He deserves our accolades
and respect, not just for this 2004 season, but for a
career dedicated to showing young men the power of
working together for a common goal. Coach Anderson
has provided many of us with practical life-lessons in
much the same way our professors and teachers have
helped us become practical engineers, scientists, and
communicators. All of it enhances the value of an Michigan Tech
graduate in today's marketplace!
E-mail from Kevin
Dutcher '82 (dutcherk(at)wwnet.net)
A similar situation
to football happened during my
Tech years ('78-'82). Tech killed the ski team, they
self-sponsored themselves as a club, and then went on
to win it all.
E-mail from Don
My birthday was last
week and I received a box from at
work from my sister (also Michigan Tech grad 1980) which
contained 4 mostly frozen, FedEx'd pasties from
"Copper Country Pasties" (www.pasty.com) made by the
experienced hands of ladies (and men too I suppose) at
the Still Waters Assisted Living Community in Calumet.
Good web site too with lots of local pictures.
The pasties were
great! Treated some native Floridians
to the unique taste treat last weekend.
If you ever get a
hankerin' for a pasty you can have a
box airlifted to you in a day or so.
Go Michigan Tech football!
E-mail from Roy
I grew up in the
vast expanses of northern Wisconsin,
and I have fond pre-teen memories of listening, late
at night, on a little plastic transistor radio (with
one of those cheesy earplugs -- remember?) to WLS
Music Radio (Chicago), which magically came in at
night. Depending on the weather, I could also pick up
some station out of Little Rock, Arkansas, and I was
always enthralled by picking up something from so far
Later on, I did my
stint as a "dee-jay" at little WNBI
radio in Park Falls, and I recall the engineer telling
me that AM transmitter antennae were better placed in
low, swampy areas, and that AM waves traveled far
because they bounced off the ionosphere.
Trying to recall
the details, I found this interesting
Stations like Radio
K (KUOM) go off the air at night
so they don't interfere with the so-called "clear
channel" 50,000 watt powerhouses like WCCO-AM. There
are other stations around the country that operate
during the daytime on 830, WCCO's frequency. But those
stations have to go off the air at monthly average
local sunset so they don't interfere with WCCO's
The reasons for this
* AM radio waves
travel much farther at night than in
* Back when this
clear channel system was set up (in
1934), there were radio stations only in larger towns
and big cities. The clears were established and
protected at night so that people in the countryside
and small towns would be able to get news and
entertainment over the radio.
* The fact that every
small town has a radio station
now days is generally ignored as the clears are
generally owned by the big media conglomerates who
don't want to give up any of their power and range,
and have the clout to keep that from happening.
* Radio K, by the
way goes off the air at sunset to
protect WABC in New York City . WABC is owned by the
same conglomerate that owns KQRS, 93-X and Drive 105.
E-mail from Jon
Listening to AM radio may be old fashioned, but it can
be a life-saver at times. I work outside in and near
my car quite a bit. I listen to 530 AM during rain
storms. Why? Because I can get a good idea of the
intensity of oncoming lightning storms. Each strike
within 30 - 60 miles is a crackle on the radio. I
find this handy when traveling as well as when out
fishing. I canoe remote lakes while fly fishing. I
take a portable radio like a Walkman along and keep
track of incoming weather. A LOT cheaper than buying
radar or a portable TV!
You might wish to pass this tip on to your readers. I
listen to 530 AM because it is a low frequency and
because there is no station broadcasting on it in my
area, by the way.
E-mail from llind(at)atlantic.net
My favorite UP radio
announcement: Long ago when I
lived in Marquette and Ishpeming had a drive-in movie
I almost drove off the road while laughing when
my car radio announced the following. The announcer
named the current movies at the drive-in. Then he
suggested that customers should stop at the
"CONCEPTION STAND" during the intermission. Before
that I had thought that such activity was relegated to
the back row of cars.
E-mail from Robert
All the radio talk
in this week's newsletter reminded
me of the time the news announcer on WMPL, who shall
remain nameless, read the story of a Mars probe
landing and finding some interesting soil samples
leading to the speculation that there were "living
orgasms on Mars." I don't think he lasted too long after that.
E-mail from Frank
Guerin '95 (martini_time(at)chartermi.net)
If it was Game 7,
it was a League Championship. The
Series was a 4 game sweep by Boston against St. Louis.
I also find that
AM radio does well at night and even
during the day. On my way to Deer Camp in Baldwin
some years ago, I listened to the Lions vs. the
Bills. The Lions announcers are usually hard on the
Lions anyway, but these guys were brutal. Turns out I
was listening to a station from Buffalo New York in
the middle of the day along I-96 between Lansing and
Grand Rapids. Similar events have occurred with Red
Wings vs. Blues in the same area listening to KMOX -
St. Louis, MO. Not bad!
E-mail from Brian
I have noticed that
you mainly have sports related
items listed in the upcoming events calendar at the
end of you emails. I would like to inform you that
there is also a wonderful orchestra located on campus.
The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra is comprised of Michigan Tech
students and local musicians. The KSO plays 3-4
concerts through the year in the Rozsa Center. I have
included their 2004-05 schedule for those that might
be interested. Concerts usually start at 7:30 PM but
may change. Contact the Rozsa center or Fine Arts
department for further information.
Saturday, December 4, 2004 (with Michigan Tech Concert
Choir), Messiah, by George Frideric Handel
26, 2005, Sinfonia Concertante
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Suite from Scenes from the
Keweenaw, by Michael Irish
Saturday, April 16,
2005 (with Michigan Tech Concert
Choir), Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky,
Chichester Psalms, by Leonard Bernstein
Dean sez: FYI,
the listing of sporting events are in conjunction with
alumni chapter activities and do not represent a bias on the part of
your humble observer, who sings in the Concert Choir.
at 7,057 subscribers.
are the new e-mail addresses from the past week. Please note, we are
using the word "at" instead of the at sign to guard against
Howard Hueckstaedt hehuecks(at)hotmail.com
1967 Bernard Hubbard forestmeister(at)sbcglobal.net
1975 Michael Landis mike_landis(at)mindspring.com
1979 Dean Waldie deanwaldie(at)comcast.net
1986 Thomas Johnson thomasj61(at)sbcglobal.net
1988 Karen Wallace karenawallace(at)yahoo.com
1994 Mony Kankanala monyvk(at)yahoo.com
1994 Robert Moffitt moffitt98(at)comcast.net
1998 Joy Cottrell (Minnema) cottrelj(at)student.gvsu.edu
1998 Brady Frederick bjfreder(at)hotmail.com
1998 Travis Brabec travis.brabec(at)vandenberg.af.mil
1999 Kristin Kallio (Karnitz) kristin.kallio(at)tap.com
2001 Craig Johnson crjohnson(at)nthconsultants.com
2001 Natalie Schmaltz (Vanderwyst)
2002 Colleen Lareau mlareau02(at)hotmail.com
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CHAPTER EVENTS: For more information on alumni chapter events,
e-mail mtu_alumni at mtu.edu or
see the alumni
chapter site on the web.
-- Innovative Approach to Education: Learn about Michigan Tech's
Enterprise Program where students work on real world
projects sponsored by Industry. 7:00 pm, Minerals
and Materials Building, Room 610. Keweenaw Alumni
Chapter. For more information, call 906-487-2400
or email mtu_alumni(at)mtu.edu
-- Michigan Tech at Colorado College hockey and alumni event.
Great Lakes Invitational hockey and alumni event
(Michigan Tech vs. Michigan on the 29th at 4:30).
Michigan Tech at Denver hockey and alumni event.
18 Michigan Tech vs. Notre Dame hockey and alumni event at Green Bay Resch Center.
22 Michigan Tech at Minnesota hockey and alumni event.
5 Michigan Tech at Grand Valley basketball and alumni event.
9-13 Winter Carnival
26 Michigan Tech at Alaska-Anchorage hockey and alumni event.
Complete job descriptions for these positions are available by e-mailing
jobs at mtu.edu
- Research Scientist/Engineer
I--Civil and Environmental Engineering (Position duration dependent
upon external funding)
- Assistant Director
of Athletic Communications and Marketing--University Communications
CAMPUS: For off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the
career center's web site (www.ucc.mtu.edu/alumni.asp)